Sarah Perry grew up in Kingston, Ontario. She spent many years living in different areas of Canada, from the west coast to the east coast, before settling back in Kingston to raise her family. She is a writer, a triathlete, a business owner, and an enthusiastic (if not very good) hip-hop and belly dancer. She is mom to three wonderful chosen children and wife to an amazing and supportive husband.
She has written a children’s Christmas book entitled “The Best Birthday Ever”, and junior/intermediate novels entitled “Viola’s Violin”, “Clara’s Road” and “Clara’s Test”, the second in a series of four novels about Clara Reid. Her first picture book, “The Tale of The Very Tall Tree” has just been released. Sarah is currently at work on a novel entitled “Be Nice to Nigel”, a junior/intermediate novel about Nigel Nash and his journey to confidence in the world of being a hockey goalie. Sarah was encouraged to write a book about hockey by her 8-year-old son who asked her when she was going to stop writing about girls and write a book for boys. A second picture book entitled “Tommy The Cat” is also in the works.
Sarah is planning two adult novels: one entitled “Etta’s Journey” and the other “God’s Family” which will chronicle her experiences of adopting her three children. She contributes newspaper articles regularly and her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as “Country Woman”.
As always, she is currently at work on her next novel.
|Sarah Perry is dedicated to educating, encouraging and inspiring the writer's of tomorrow. She is available for classroom visits where she explores the craft of creative writing including such topics as character development, plot outlines, fast writing, self-editing, writer's block and publishing.
Viola Brown is like a lot of kids her age. She is twelve years old, and life is pretty tough. She feels like a misfit at home and at school. She finally gets the brand new pair of boots she has been waiting for, only to be teased by the "popular" girls that they are out of style.
Eleven-year-old Clara Reid's life changed in an instant the night her parents' car slid off an icy road, killing them both. She thought she would be able to stay in Tilson and live with Aunt Nini, but her parents had made other plans for her.
Clara Reid is having a really bad year. First, her parents are killed in a car crash and she has to leave her home and go live in a new town with new parents. She has to leave her friends, Aunt Nini and her dog, Riley, and start all over.
The Tale of the Very Tall Tree
The very tall tree wasn't happy
The very tall tree was sad
He wanted to fly and he wanted to play
Sometimes it just made him mad
Be Nice to Nigel & A Summer Story
Nigel Nash isn't a great hockey goalie and he knows it. Tommy Bradshaw is a bully and Nigel is his favourite target. Will Nigel have the courage to trust his goalie equipment and become the goalie he can be? Will he have the courage to stand up to Tommy?
Steven dreads the two weeks he spends with his cousin Gabe every summer... until this summer. Gabe has found something in the old chicken coop out back that could change everything Steven has ever known about his grandfather. And a fishing trip turns out to be much, much more.
Tommy The Cat
Tommy was very frightened. He was scared of the dark, scared of his shadow and scared of being alone. His owners had packed up, moved all of their things and left Tommy when they left town. Will Tommy find a new home where he will be safe and loved?
|It is my privilege and pleasure to comment on the very high quality of work presented by one Ms. Sarah Perry, writer and educator in the area of children's novels. More specifically as an elementary classroom observer of a presentation that Sarah was providing for a number of children and teachers related to her novels, it was apparent to me that she was not only an exceptional presenter but as well an exceptional writer.
The children and the teachers attentively listened as Sarah discussed the content of her children novels and the art of the writing craft. Her commitment to her work was very obvious. She was motivated, excited and genuine about her writings and her concern for children. This was reinforced by the fact that the children and the teachers asked a variety of questions which Sarah answered clearly and knowledgeably.
In addition from the perspective of the classroom the novels that she had written for her child audience were didactic. The children were provided with workbooks to enable them to record information that they had read from her novels and serve a basis for discussion in subsequent classes.
Furthermore after her presentation, I had an opportunity, along with the school administrator to speak with Sarah about her work. It was revealed that Sarah was not only personable but accessible to address a class of teacher-candidates at Queen's University in the near future related to her work.
As such it is without hesitation or reservation that I would recommend Sarah as a person of merit and good standing in the area of educational writing.
Yours in education
Paul W. Albertson, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer and Faculty Liaison
Faculty of Education
Queen's University at Kingston, ON
Sarah: Thank you so much for your work with our classes today. You were well received and the children are even more motivated to read! Isn't that the greatest feeling?
Centennial Public School
I would like to thank you for coming to R.G. Sinclair Public School to speak about the writing process with our students. Your presentations on Viola's Violin were extremely interesting and insightful.
It is not very often that elementary students get the opportunity to ask a successful author about how they do their work. You were honest and straightforward in answering the many questions students asked. It was particularly helpful to have a manuscript available to discuss the revision process. I think the students were impressed with the number of adjustments it takes to get a story ready for publication. The process you described is similar to the way we teach students to go about their own writing.
I look forward to finding more books you have written for our library. You have given freely of your time and it is greatly appreciated by the staff and students at R. G. Sinclair Public School.
Student Support Teacher
Just wanted to let you know I purchased your book to support a local writer. Little did I know the treasure it would turn out to be. I hope you will continue to write this series. I will continue to read them as long as you do. Thank you!!
Books and Bookings
"Thank you so much for coming to my school (again). I really appreciate the positive perspective that students have for writing after your visits. The feedback teachers have been giving me is that you are an outstanding guest. They are really impressed with your approach and the way you connect with students.
Joseph M. Hamilton, teacher
Loborough Public School
"Dear Sarah Perry,
I finished Viola's Violin!
The last two chapters were SOOOO good!
That was a story I'll always remember!
Write back soon,
"You visited my school and I bought some of your books. I read Clara's Road and I really liked it. I could not stop reading it until I finished it. You signed my book, which I really liked. I'm in grade three. I'm looking forward to reading Clara's Test and Viola's Violin. Thanks for coming to my school.
Yours truly, Susannah
Grade 3 student